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May 2011

The Colors of White Roses

One never knows what a rose season will bring to the roses and their gardener. Last year I was with you almost every day. This year the last bouquet of the first flush will have to do.

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I'm joyous to be here!

Artist husband serendipitously laid this painting on the counter just after I'd assembled the bouquet. I love how its colored washes pick up the rose tints.  


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French Lace, Snowbird, Sally Holmes, Madame Hardy and a few others made it into a bucket as I was pruning back the first flush. Vase-of-white-roses

Didn't they end up making a sweet bouquet? I'd never used this vase, it doesn't look it, but it's actually flat from front to back. I was surprised that it required so many roses.

 

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Friend Susan visited the garden last week in search of a few special whites for a Martha Stewart feature. Take a look.